International cuisine makes it possible to experience another culture without learning a new language or stowing away in the closet of a Russian spacecraft until it launches. Cross culinary borders with today’s Groupon: for $28, you get a four-course prix fixe Peruvian dinner for two at Between Peruvian Cafe & Lounge (up to a $72 total value). Diners get a choice of the following two menus:
- Menu No. 1 (up to a $36 value per person):
- Anticuchos (a $9 value)
- Causa sampler (a $10 value)
- Sudado (an $11 value)
- Dessert (up to a $6 value)<p>
- Menu No. 2 (up to a $34 value per person):
- Quinoa-crusted chicken salad (a $7 value)
- Peruvian ceviche classico (an $11 value)
- Tallarin saltado (a $10 value)
- Dessert (up to a $6 value)
Between Peruvian Cafe & Lounge’s executive chef, Jose Victorio, captures the essence of his Peruvian homeland with traditional, seasonal dishes enhanced by exotic flavors indigenous to the Andes, the Amazon, and Asia. A choice of quinoa-breaded chicken salad or anticuchos de corazon, grilled skewers of succulent veal heart, kick off the culinary journey, followed by the much-touted ceviche classico or the causa sampler’s pairing of crushed peruvian potatoes with aji amarillo and chicken, grilled octopus, and smoked salmon. A difficult choice between sudado, a broiled tilapia fillet, or the spicy noodles lacing through the tallarin saltado’s forest of fresh veggies, ginger, and soy proves more difficult than acing an advanced-calculus exam as a first-grader. Vanilla ice cream softens atop french toast drizzled in picarones honey, oozing an appetizing epilogue across the evening’s menu with back up from algarrobina flan.
Diners arriving before 10 p.m. may also whet whistles with a complimentary Peruvian cocktail (up to $10 each) such as the pisco sour, a drink so popular that the country devoted a national holiday to it. Inside the eatery, serpentine chandeliers with globe bulbs dangle over magenta booths and flower-topped tables illuminated by candlelight. Private couches and tables cordoned off by diaphanous red drapes afford lovers the opportunity to discretely feed each other delectable treats while maintaining eye contact for a full four minutes.
1324 N MIlwaukee Ave.
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